Neoclassical metal star and also talented guitarist, Yngwie Malmsteen, has been recently interviewed by the Guitar World’s Ebet Roberts and talked about his first-ever reaction after hearing the tragic loss of legendary frontman of Van Halen, Edward Van Halen.

As you might already remember, Malmsteen was one of the first stars who sent a farewell message to Eddie back in October by saying Eddie has influenced and inspired an entire generation, including himself, and his legacy will always remain.

Let’s remember what he said earlier:

“Just heard the devastating news…
One of the absolute giants is gone. He influenced and inspired an entire generation, including myself.

His legacy will always remain.

RIP Edward.”

In his latest interview, Yngwie talked about his younghood and shared the story of how his drummer friend came out all of a sudden and brought a Van Halen cassette. According to Yngwie, his first reaction was ‘yet another band’ but later on, after hearing it, he could not believe his ears and blown away.

Here is the statement of Yngwie:

“When I was seven or eight in Sweden, I was listening to Deep Purple’s [1972 live album] ‘Made in Japan’ and stuff like that, and I was very into that type of guitar playing.

Then by the time I was 12 I was listening to the classical violin and I already had a very clear vision of what I was trying to do.

So whatever was out there when Van Halen came out, I wasn’t really paying much attention. But in 1978 I was playing in a band called Powerhouse, and one day the drummer came in and he brought Van Halen.”

He continued:

“And I was like, ‘What is this? Another band? Whatever.’ But he put it on and I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I was so fucking blown away.

And you know, the weird thing with me, I think, compared to many other people who felt the same way when they heard that album is that I didn’t pack my guitar up and put a humbucker in, I didn’t paint stripes on it, I didn’t do all the tapping. I didn’t do that because to me it was so amazing what Edward was doing – I didn’t want to copy it.”

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